Viscount of Arbuthnott

Viscount of Arbuthnott is a title in the Peerage of Scotland. It was created in 1641, along with the subsidiary title Lord Inverbervie, for Sir Robert Arbuthnott. The Viscount of Arbuthnott is the hereditary chief of Clan Arbuthnott.[1]

Viscountcy of Arbuthnott
Coronet of a British Viscount.svg
Arms Viscount of Arbuthnott (shield).svg
Azure a crescent between three mullets argent
Creation date16 November 1641
Created byKing Charles I
PeeragePeerage of Scotland
First holderRobert Arbuthnott
Present holderKeith Arbuthnott, 17th Viscount of Arbuthnott
Heir apparentChristopher Keith Arbuthnott, Master of Arbuthnott
Remainder tothe 1st Viscount's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titlesLord Inverbervie
Master of Arbuthnott
Chief of the Name and Arms of Arbuthnott
Seat(s)Arbuthnott House
MottoLaus Deo "Praise to God"

At the time of the 16th Viscount's death in 2012, the family held the genealogical record of being one of an unbroken male line living in the same spot for more than 800 years. Around 1188, William the Lion granted ancestor Hugh de Swinton the lands of Arbuthnott, where the family estate and clan association headquarters remains to this day.[1][2]

All Scottish viscounts have 'of' in their titles, contrary to English viscounts who are styled simply 'Viscount X'. However, most Scottish viscounts have now adopted the English practice; only the Viscount of Arbuthnott and, to a lesser extent, the Viscount of Oxfuird, continue to use 'of'.

The family seat is Arbuthnott House, Arbuthnott, near Inverbervie in Kincardineshire.

Viscounts of Arbuthnott (1641)Edit

The heir apparent is the present holder's only son, the Hon. Christopher Keith Arbuthnott, Master of Arbuthnott (b. 1977).[1]
The heir apparent's heir apparent is his only son, Alexander Nicholas Keith Arbuthnott (b. 2007).

Coat of armsEdit

Coat of arms of Arms of Viscount of Arbuthnott
Coronet of Viscount
A peacock's head couped proper, beaked or
Azure a crescent between three mullets argent
Two wyverns, wings expanded, tails nowed vert, spouting fire proper
Laus Deo ("Praise to God")

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. pp. 126–130. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ "Obituary: The Viscount of Arbuthnott". The Herald. 20 July 2012.
  3. ^ Early family tree[Usurped!]
  4. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (1999). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage (106th ed.). Crans, Switzerland. p. 99. ISBN 1-57958-083-1.
  5. ^ Scots Peerage, I, p. 313-4

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